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In this prequel series to The Big Bang Theory, we get a look at the early life of Sheldon Cooper, the genius who will grow up to live in an apartment with a few other geniuses. Here, though, he has to learn how to cope with being the smartest kid in the neighborhood.

The series begins when Sheldon is nine years old. He's by far smarter than other kids his age, and he's already in high school. That makes him very different from everyone else around him in Texas. It also makes him different from everyone in his own family. The unusual interactions between Sheldon and his family and friends are the basis of the series' humor. That's what ties it to the parent series, The Big Bang Theory.

Young Sheldon is set in the 1980s and 90s. The time setting is mostly unimportant, but the writers do occasionally take the opportunity to slip in retro cultural references.

The series debuted on CBS in 2017. It originally aired immediately after The Big Bang Theory until that series ended in 2019.

Young Sheldon has received generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences. Ratings have been smaller than those of the parent series, but the spin off is still considered successful. It was renewed for a third and fourth season in 2019.

The first three seasons of the series began airing in reruns on Nick at Nite in 2020. On-demand streaming of the first three seasons also became available on HBO Max in 2020.

Young Sheldon is a Comedy series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (65 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 2017. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

Young Sheldon is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Young Sheldon on demand at CBS Apple TV+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, CBS online.

Monday 8:30 PM et/pt on CBS
3 Seasons, 65 Episodes
September 25, 2017
Comedy
7.4/10
Cast: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Montana Jordan
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Young Sheldon Full Episode Guide

  • Sheldon discovers that Mary's been keeping a secret about his future. Also, Meemaw is furious when she learns Dale fired Georgie.

  • Sheldon has a scientific breakthrough at the dentist's office. Also, Dale (Craig T. Nelson) and Meemaw go to the casino, and Georgie makes a big mistake when Dale leaves him in charge of the store.

  • When Sheldon learns the house next door is for sale, he takes it upon himself to find the perfect neighbors. Also, Missy is torn when she's forced to pitch against her boyfriend at the baseball game.

  • When George Sr. accidentally lands the school librarian, Ms. Hutchins, in the hospital, the Cooper family must nurse her back to health. Also, Meemaw gives Georgie relationship advice.

  • Dr. Sturgis is furious when Sheldon accuses him of plagiarism. Also, Mary sets out to find a "girl trophy" for Missy's end-of-season baseball ceremony, and Georgie has an awkward run-in with Veronica while on a date with his new girlfriend, Jana.

  • Sheldon visits CalTech for the very first time. Also, Georgie is furious when Mary listens in on a phone call with his girlfriend, and Meemaw tries to cheer up a jealous Missy.

  • Meemaw meets Dale's ex-wife, June. Also, Sheldon is forced to work on a group project with reluctant college students.

  • Sheldon and Georgie mine for platinum in roadside gravel. Also, Mary is concerned when Missy misuses religion to help with a batting slump.

  • George Sr. and Georgie go camping with Meemaw's new boyfriend, Dale, but things get complicated when her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Sturgis, tags along. Also, Sheldon and Missy invent a super-game.

  • Sheldon learns to listen when an emotional Paige (Mckenna Grace) struggles with her parents' divorce. Also, George Sr. is furious when Georgie tries to buy his way out of chores.

  • George Sr. and Meemaw struggle to manage the Cooper household while Mary plans Pastor Jeff's wedding.

  • Sheldon fakes being sick to avoid a swim test at school. Also, Dr. Sturgis spies on Meemaw's new boyfriend.

  • Mary gets Pastor Jeff involved when Sheldon isn't invited to Billy's birthday party. Also, George Sr. has "male-bonding time" with Dr. Sturgis.

  • The University makes George Sr. a lucrative job offer in the hopes of recruiting Sheldon. Also, Georgie gets a job working for Meemaw's new boyfriend, and Mary is determined to rid her home of greed.

  • Sheldon starts an internet flame war, and Missy stands up to the boys on her baseball team. Also, Meemaw is unhappy when George Sr. spends time with her new boyfriend.

  • A church carnival leads Missy to try out for the baseball team. Also, Meemaw struggles after her breakup with Dr. Sturgis.

  • After being released from the mental hospital, Dr. Sturgis unexpectedly breaks up with Meemaw.

  • Sheldon is forced to take a break from science when his new obsession with "The Lord of the Rings" leads to an unhealthy habit. Also, Missy asks George Sr. to teach her how to play catch.

  • Sheldon takes matters into his own hands when Meemaw refuses to drive him to a lecture with Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley, Jr.). Also, Georgie tries to impress Veronica with his new business venture.

  • Without Dr. Sturgis' university class, Sheldon must find a new way to stay academically challenged. Also, Mary helps Pastor Jeff avoid temptation with his girlfriend.

  • Experiences a nervous breakdown, Mary worries Sheldon is headed down a similar path. Also, Georgie discovers he has a knack for sales.

  • Sheldon invites the entire school to a party for the Nobel Prize announcements. Also, Meemaw learns more about Dr. Sturgis' past, and Georgie's desire for cable TV leads to a standoff between him and George Sr.

  • The Coopers help Pastor Jeff (Matt Hobby) through a rough patch in his marriage. Also, Sheldon pressures church members for donations when Mary takes him to work for a day.

  • Georgie is thrilled when Veronica stays at the Coopers' house for a few days. Also, Meemaw and Dr. Sturgis celebrate their one-year anniversary.

  • Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

  • Sheldon moves in with Dr. Sturgis for the weekend to see what his life will be like in college. Also, a lonely Mary tries to bond with the other Coopers during Sheldon's absence.

  • Inspired by his hero, Albert Einstein, Sheldon tries his hand at the violin. Also, Mary and Meemaw secretly buy a pregnancy test when Mary thinks she's pregnant

  • Things spiral out of control when Sheldon boycotts his favorite bread company. Also, Georgie offers Veronica a shoulder to cry on when she's dumped by her boyfriend.

  • Sheldon and Dr. Sturgis have their first fight when Dr. Sturgis marks a question wrong on Sheldon's test. Also, Mary takes over for Pastor Jeff when he's out sick.

  • Sheldon uses his new friendship with the school bully to boss Georgie around. Also, Missy steals Meemaw's makeup for picture day.

  • Sheldon attempts to build a nuclear reactor. Also, a university cocktail party gets heated when Dr. Sturgis' colleague, Dr. Linkletter, flirts with Meemaw, and Georgie is heartbroken when he learns Veronica has a boyfriend.

  • When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world's worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin.

  • Sheldon experiments on Missy, and Georgie joins Mary's bible study to spend more time with his crush, Veronica.

  • When Sheldon learns that people with stunted childhoods can turn into social outcasts, he tries to act like a kid. Also, Meemaw and Dr. Sturgis' relationship is tested when she teaches him how to drive.

  • Sheldon studies his family for a psychology project, and Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. is offered a job in Oklahoma

  • A video game takes over Sheldon and Meemaw's life. Also, George Sr. is jealous when Georgie bonds with Herschel at the auto shop.

  • Sheldon gets into trouble with fellow child genius Paige at the science museum. Also, George Sr. is forced to play therapist to Paige's bickering parents, and Mary, Georgie and Missy help Meemaw with a garage sale.

  • Mary clashes with Sheldon's drama teacher (Jason Alexander) over plans for a Halloween fundraiser for the church. Also, Georgie falls for a rebellious teenage girl that Sheldon is tutoring.

  • Recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon's head.

  • When Mary's faith is shaken by a tragedy in the community, Sheldon becomes an unlikely ally.

  • After Sheldon dismantles the refrigerator to stop an annoying hum, he gets a paper route to pay for the repairs.

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